Springfield Armory Hellcat, Best Compact Pistol 2020

With the end of our Ballistic’s Best 2020 Reader’s Choice voting comes the winners. Up next is the winner for “Best Compact Semi-Auto Handgun.”

2020 Reader’s Choice for “Best Compact Semi-Auto Handgun”

And the nominees for our 2020 Reader’s Choice “Best Compact Semi-Auto Handgun” were:

Just as a reminder, here are all of the categories in our 2020 Reader’s Choice voting:

In total, there were 13,088 votes for the “Best Compact Semi-Auto Handgun” category. And the winner is the Springfield Armory Hellcat.

Springfield Armory Hellcat Details

Springfield Armory Hellcat, best compact pistol

Here’s what our experts had to say about the Hellcat in their testing for the 2020 issue of Ballistic’s Best:

“I would say that it was hard work doing this article, but that would be a lie. It’s tough to find a better way to spend a Saturday with friends than shooting guns, eating pizza and talking about our favorite subject. It didn’t hurt to have such an array of fine firearms that performed so well and that promised such good service as a defensive pistol.

“… the Springfield Hellcat received a lot of praise as well. Positive comments like ‘Awesome value,’ ‘Great capacity for size,’ ‘Love the flat trigger,’ and ‘Nice controls’ were the norm—also with no real complaints.”

Springfield Armory Hellcat Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3 inches
  • Overall Length: 6 inches
  • Overall Weight: 18.3 ounces (empty)
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Sights: Tritium front, U-dot rear 
  • Action: Striker
  • Finish: Melonite
  • Capacity: 11/13
  • MSRP: $569

Also, if you want to see all of the official winners, grab a copy of Ballistic’s Best 2020 magazine. There are both print and digital subscriptions available right now at OutdoorGroupStore.com.

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